Today is Wednesday, June 12, 2019.  In John 21:15-19, after Jesus’ resurrection, we find the first recorded conversation between Jesus and Peter.  The last time Jesus and Peter interacted, Peter denied knowing Jesus. So how does Jesus respond to Peter? Does he yell at Peter for his denial?  Does he reject Peter? No, Jesus responds with love, grace, and a question. His question to Peter is a simple one yet profoundly challenging. So often when we are confronted with sin, we do not want to turn away and repent.  We cling to sin until that sin becomes an idol in our life. Jesus acknowledges the power of sin and asks Peter “Do you love me?” Jesus is searching for true repentance in Peter’s life, the same thing he searches for in our lives.  No matter what sins you have committed, not matter what your story is, Jesus comes to each of us with tender grace and love to ask, “Do you love me?”. Do not delay in turning from sin, repenting, and loving Jesus more than all else, for tomorrow is not promised. -Jon   

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ John 21:15-19 ]
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

_ What does Jesus mean when he asks Peter if he loves him more than “these”?(v. 15)
_ Why does Jesus put such an emphasis on feeding his lambs?  (v 15)
_ Why does Jesus ask Peter if he loves him three times? (v 15-19)
_ How can we find encouragement in Jesus’ response to Peter? (v 15-19)

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)